Digicloud Africa joins Google Cloud partner ecosystem as value added distributor

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Digicloud Africa has announced a new partnership, with the service provider joining the  Google Cloud partner ecosystem as a value added distributor for Google Cloud Platform and G Suite in Africa.

The service provider will operate as a two-tier distributor supporting G Suite and Google Cloud Platform resellers across Africa, which in turn will work with Google’s cloud customers in different markets on the continent.

Digicloud Africa has already signed up new distributor authorised resellers in Kenya and South Africa and will partner with more Sub-Saharan resellers over the next two years. To that end the firm explains that it plans to be able to service customers across the continent, and not be limited by the necessity of having physical resources or operations within a specific region.

“We’re excited to work with Digicloud Africa to empower customers and partners in South Africa,” said Avinesh Pillay, head of cloud partners for Sub-Saharan Africa at Google Cloud.

“Our collaboration with Digicloud includes providing training and upskilling, reseller on-boarding, and deep local knowledge to help partners grow their Google Cloud practices,” he adds.

Of the distributor authorised resellers already signed up in Kenya and South Africa, Digicloud Africa CEO Gregory MacLennan says they include specialists in data and analytics, infrastructure modernisation, collaboration and productivity, cloud migrations and machine learning.

He adds that resellers will be able to draw on Digicloud Africa’s technical skills to offer more complete solutions to their customers.

“For example, a specific client solution may require expertise in both Machine Learning and Data & Analytics. Rather than losing out on the business, a reseller that specialises in Machine Learning but lacks Data & Analytics skills, can call on our Data Analytics experts to work with them to give the customer a complete solution,” MacLennan adds.

“Digicloud Africa is partnering with Google Cloud as a best in class cloud hyperscaler that can digitally enable the African continent. Google Cloud brings a unique approach to digital transformation. The Digicloud team have experienced Google Cloud’s innovation first-hand and have built the organisation around the organisation’s experience, the CEO continues.

This latest announcement reaffirms Google’s commitment to the continent, and now sees a number of large cloud players making their presence known in Africa.

“Google’s Equiano subsea cable from Portugal to South Africa was announced only a few months ago, demonstrating our continued commitment to the continent. This new partnership agreement is yet another key milestone in building a solid foundation for Google Cloud’s business across Sub-Saharan Africa,” concludes Shai Morgan, head of Google Cloud for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.